Jack Klugman Jewish Name - Jacob Joachim "Jack" Klugman
Jacob Joachim "Jack"
Klugman is an American stage, film and television actor. Jack Klugman is best known as Felix Unger's sloppy roommate Oscar Madison
in the American television series The Odd Couple (1970-1975), for
his starring role in Quincy, M.E. (1976-1983), and as Juror #5 in 12
Life and career
Jack Klugman was born on April 27, 1922 in Philadelphia, the son of
Rose, a hat maker, and Max Klugman, a house painter. His parents
were Russian Jewish
immigrants. Jack Klugman attended Carnegie Institute of Technology,
now Carnegie Mellon University, where Jack Klugman graduated in
1948. Jack Klugman began acting after being discharged in 1945 from
serving in the United States Army during World War II. As a
struggling actor in New York City, Jack Klugman roomed with future
star Charles Bronson.
In 1954, Jack Klugman played Jim Hanson on the soap opera The
Greatest Gift. Also in 1954 Jack Klugman made multiple
appearances on the NBC legal drama Justice, starring Gary Merrill
and Dane Clark, that was based on cases of the Legal Aid Society of
On September 4, 1955, Jack Klugman and Tony Randall appeared
together with Gena Rowlands in the episode entitled "The Pirate's
House" of the CBS anthology series, Appointment with Adventure.
Jack Klugman starred in several classic films including 12 Angry Men
in 1957 (as Juror 5; Jack Klugman is the last surviving actor to
play a juror in the movie), Days of Wine and Roses in 1962, and
Goodbye, Columbus in 1969. Jack Klugman won an Emmy Award for his
work on the television series The Defenders and appeared in four
episodes of the acclaimed series The Twilight Zone (tied with
Burgess Meredith for the most number of appearances). Jack Klugman
says his greatest thrill was appearing with Humphrey Bogart and
Henry Fonda in a 1955 live television broadcast of The Petrified
Forest. Jack Klugman also appeared in The Fugitive episode "Terror
at High Point" in 1963.
Jack Klugman also starred in the original Broadway production of The
Odd Couple as a replacement for Walter Matthau. Jack Klugman won
two Emmy Awards for the television version of The Odd Couple.
Jack Klugman was nominated for a Tony Award in 1960 for Best
Featured Actor (Musical) for his role in Gypsy, but lost to Tom
Bosley in Fiorello!. During the pre-Broadway tryout tour in 1959,
several of Jack Klugman's songs were cut, including a song for his
character Herbie called "Nice, She Ain't", due to Jack Klugman's
untrained singing voice.
In 1957, Jack Klugman appeared in the film 12 Angry Men as Juror #5.
Of the twelve actors who portrayed the jurors, Jack Klugman is the
last survivor. Jack Klugman was scheduled to appear in a stage
production of 12 Angry Men at the George Street Playhouse in New
Jersey in the spring of 2012, but on March 6 it was announced Jack
Klugman had withdrawn from the production for health reasons.
Jack Klugman was roasted on The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast on NBC
March 17, 1978.
Quiz show appearances
In 1993, Jack Klugman appeared on a special 'celebrity versus
regulars' version of the United Kingdom quiz show Going for Gold.
The special episode was mostly made up of actors and actresses that
appeared in programmes that were on around the same time slot as
Going for Gold competing against past series winners. Jack Klugman
was invited to participate as the show Quincy, M.E., in which Jack
Klugman starred, was often on afterwards. Jack Klugman won this
special airing before going on to win the entire 1993 series.
Jack Klugman also appeared on the very first week of the 1970s
revival of Match Game and then from time to time filled in for his
then-wife, Brett Somers, when she became a regular on the program a
few weeks later. Jack Klugman and Somers also appeared on the ABC
version of Password in 1973.
Dispute over Quincy
In 2008, Jack Klugman sued NBC Television concerning missing profits
from his show Quincy M.E. The lawsuit was filed in Superior
Court, with Jack Klugman requesting NBC to show him the original
contract. Jack Klugman stated that his production company,
Sweater Productions, should have received twenty-five percent of the
show's net profits. NBC Universal and Jack Klugman settled the
lawsuit on undisclosed terms in August 2010.
Work with Tony Randall
In 1973, Jack Klugman and Tony Randall recorded an album called "The
Odd Couple Sings" for London Records. Roland Shaw and The London
Festival Orchestra and Chorus provided the music and additional
In 2005, Jack Klugman published Tony And Me: A Story of Friendship,
a book about his long friendship with his The Odd Couple co-star
Tony Randall. Jack Klugman gave the eulogy at Randall's
memorial service in 2004.
Jack Klugman is the father of two children: Adam Klugman (who had a
cameo as Oscar Madison as a child in a flashback on The Odd Couple)
and David, both from his marriage to Brett Somers. Jack Klugman and
Somers were married in 1953 and legally separated in 1974, though
they never divorced, and remained married until her death in 2007 at
the age of 83. They only lived together as husband and wife for
21 years of their 54-year marriage. Jack Klugman, who appeared on
the first week of Match Game in 1973, asked the show's producers to
give Somers a guest shot on the panel. She fit in so well that she
stayed with the show for its entire nine-year run.
Jack Klugman lived with Peggy Crosby, ex-wife of Phillip Crosby,
since 1988. They married in February 2008.
A heavy smoker, Jack Klugman was diagnosed with throat cancer in
1974. In 1989, Jack Klugman lost a vocal cord to cancer, but
continued to act on stage and television, though Jack Klugman was
left with a raspy, scratchy voice.
Time Table (1956)
Alfred Hitchcock Presents: The Mail Order Prophet (1957)
12 Angry Men (1957)
Cry Terror! (1958)
The Velvet Alley (Playhouse 90) (1959)
" The Untouchables (1959 TV series) (1961) Episode: Loophole
Naked City (1958 TV series) Let Me Die Before I Wake (1962) Original
Air Date: 14 February 1962 (Season 3, Episode 19)
Days of Wine and Roses (1962)
The Yellow Canary (1963)
I Could Go On Singing (1963)
Act One (1963)
"A Passage for Trumpet" episode of The Twilight Zone (1960)
"A Game of Pool" episode of The Twilight Zone (1961)
"Death Ship" episode of The Twilight Zone (1963)
"In Praise of Pip" episode of The Twilight Zone (1963)
"Terror At High Point" episode of The Fugitive (1963)
"Harris Against the World" (1964-1965)
"Everybody Gets Hit In The Mouth Sometimes" episode of The Fugitive
Hail, Mafia (1965)
The Detective (1968)
The Split (1968)
Goodbye, Columbus (1969)
The Odd Couple (1970–1975)
Who Says I Can't Ride a Rainbow? (1971)
Two-Minute Warning (1976)
Quincy, M.E. (1976–1983)
Dean Martin Celebrity Roast (1978)
Challenge of the Tiger (1980)
You Again? (1986)
The Odd Couple: Together Again (1993)
Parallel Lives (1994)
Dear God (1996)
Brothers Keeper (1999)
Diagnosis Murder (1990s)
Third Watch (2000)
Glitch episode of The Outer Limits (2000)
Scene Smoking: Cigarettes, Cinema & the Myth of Cool (2001)
Crossing Jordan (2002)
When Do We Eat? (2005)
Camera Obscura (2010)
"Justice". The Classic TV Archive.
Retrieved February 8, 2011.
"The Odd Couple by
Neil Simon (St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture
2009-02-20. "...1965 play The Odd Couple and the
subsequent 1967 movie, starring Walter Matthau as the sloppy
sportswriter Oscar Madison ... In the television series,
Oscar was played by Jack Klugman (who had taken over the
role from Matthau on Broadway)..."
The Tony Award
Book by Lee Allen Morrow, Abbeville Press, 1987
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